Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan. Page: 82 of 368
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the ground occupying the space between the mountains is a level,
smooth surface, and exhibits no evidence of upheaval or distortion, may
it not with propriety be inferred that the deposition here is of an origin
subsequent to that of the upheaval of the mountains ?
e were in motion at 2 o'clock this morning; and taking
a northeast course towards the base of the mountain chain, passed
through mezquite groves, intersected with several brooks of pure water
flowing into the south branch of Cache creek, upon one of which we are
We find the soil good at all places near the mountains, and the
country well wooded and watered. The grass, consisting of several
varieties of the grama, is of a superior quality, and grows luxuriantly.
The climate is salubrious; and the almost constant cool and bracing
breezes of the summer months, with the entire absence of anything like
marshes or stagnant water, remove all sources of noxious malaria, with
its attendanit evils of autumnal fevers.
I was so fortunate as to kill a very large and fat buck to-day, which
adds much relish to the good cheer of our evening meal. Three others
having been brought in by the hunters, our larder is at present well
stocked with meat. Indeed, there has been but a small portion of the
time since we have been out, that our excellent hunters have not supplied
the entire command with an abundance of fresh meat. Although
we have beef-cattle in the train, we have as yet had no occasion to
make use of one of them.
One of the Delawares has seen fresh buffalo-tracks to-day going to
the southeast, and we still cherish the hope that we may yet encounter
John Bushman, our interpreter, was much surprised to-day, on calling
a doe towards him with a deer-bleat, to see a small fawn following after
its mother; but imagine his astonishment, when immediately behind
the fawn came a huge panther bounding rapidly towards him, and in a
twnkling he fastened his claws in the vitals of his victim. He, however,
in this instance, caught a tartar, and paid dearly for his temerity, as
John, with a spirit of indignation that would have done credit to the
better feelings of any man, raised his rifle, and, instead of killing the
deer, which was entirely at his mercy, planted the contents in the side
of the panther.
The method of hunting deer by the use of the bleat is practised
extensively by the Delawares in this country, and with great success.
They make the bleat somewhat similar to the first joint of a clarionet,
vIth a brass reed scraped very thin, and applied in the same manner as
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Marcy, Randolph Barnes. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana, in the year 1852 / by Randolph B. Marcy ; assisted by George B. McClellan., book, 1854; Washington, DC. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6105/m1/82/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .